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Lobster Lovers Beer - Rinkuškiai Alaus Darykloje

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BA SCORE
68
poor

130 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 25.69%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rinkuškiai Alaus Darykloje visit their website
Lithuania

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Red Label

(Beer added by: letsgopens on 12-22-2007)
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Reviews by HerculesRM:
Photo of HerculesRM
2.85/5  rDev -1%

Smells boozy and musty. Tastes the same, with hints of bread and banana, typical for the yeasts used in the Baltic states. I started drinking it too cold, but the second half of the bomber was poured into a room temperature glass and was quite a bit better. Thick full mouthfeel, feels like a triple. I wasn't sure what to expect from a beer with a huge lobster on the label, but my expectations were not high. Overall a decent beer but not one I'd choose again.

HerculesRM, Feb 02, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +29.5%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Brilliantly clear golden color with a creamy white head. Hints of cherry, white chocolate and rose water in the nose ... seems the alcohol wants to take over even in a subtle manner. Creamy body with a struggling crispness. Maltiness is pretty sweet with some vague fruit and buttery flavors. Warmth from the alcohol is of a clean solvent and peppery likeness. More malt sweetness in the end, though the beer does move forward. Surprisingly good, and for its hefty strength, it does not stray too far. The name says it all ... this would be good with a fresh lobster and drawn butter.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.03/5  rDev +5.2%

I tried both this and its 5% ABV brother, and didn't like either of them. This beer was a gold color with a small white head that disappeared quickly. It had an aroma of grain, and that was pretty much it. I thought the alcohol was very noticeable, but despite that, the beer was pretty bland. I finished this 500ml bottle and couldn't imagine having another one.

lordofthewiens, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of Mantooth
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Mantooth, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.1/5  rDev -61.8%

"Grab it by the claws!" Wow, 2 dollar pint of 9.5% abv let's get fucked up Lithuanian beer. Pours a deep semi viscous golden orange sunrise hue with a bright quickly dwindling white head. Thin scattered lacing between sips. Aroma is sweet honey tones, green apples, mineral water, barley husks with some cooked creamed corn. Flavor this is malt liquor it might as well come in a forty ounce bottle. Super cloying mess of a beer, just not acceptable. More green apple with honey bursts of gag reflux sweetness, cooked veggies and a bit of rust or penny sucking sensations. Mouthfeel is so bad I can't really stand taking a big gulp it's offensive. Medium bodied cloying mess with residual sugars clouding the palate, it's so bad it's making my head twitch with each sip. Drinkability, I don't think so drain pour, but it was worth the fun.

WVbeergeek, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of chinchill
2.45/5  rDev -14.9%

16.9 oz bottle served in pint glass.

A - clear golden color with a frothy white head that quickly disappears.

S - malty lager with high ABV

T -Mostly toasted malt but a bit of metaliic bitter taste too.
High (9.5%) ABV is too obvious and alcohol detracts from flavor.

M - light/medium body; low carbonation.

chinchill, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

acurtis, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Groucho75
3.43/5  rDev +19.1%

Picked up on a lark after a store marked them down to $2 a pop, poured into a nonic glass.

Rich transparent gold color with one finger of foam that dissipates after about a minute. Not a lot of bubbles to be had here.

Plummy mouthfeel. Hint of raisins and chewy toffee. The finish is a bit short and sharp. The alcohol sits on the throat nicely and isn't overwhelming. Surprisingly drinkable but nowhere near sessionable. You could pair it with food or enjoy it on it's own.

It's fortified, it's big, it empties pretty quickly. At $2 each, it'd be great to get a load of these in a bucket of ice water for a weekend party. It's not nuanced, and it won't win you points with the hop snobs, but I've had worse.

Groucho75, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of GilGarp
3.55/5  rDev +23.3%

Pours from a 500ml brown bottle into a tall 22oz pilsner glass. It has a hazy golden orange color with a decent 3/4" of head. The head wanes but leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and grainy with just a hint of hops. There is some similarity to a pilsner, possibly due to the hops that were used. It's new to my local beer store and smells fairly fresh so that's a plus.

Flavor is impressive in that it is easily the strongest lager that I've had that still tastes like a traditional German lager. Strong malt backbone gives it sweetness while a healthy dose of hops gives it a certain spicy citrus taste. Pretty well balanced and better than I expected.

Mouthfeel is solid, not too heavy and good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is alright but would be better if not so strong.

Overall better than expected and a steal at $2.50. I'm relieved there's no lobster taste.

GilGarp, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev +38.2%

A last-minute "what the heck" purchase from Brawley's in Charlotte, NC. Pours out a thin head despite a strong pour. Pale gold color, and the thin head is a wispy crown that holds on for awhile.

Aroma is straw, faint honey, candy corns (yeah, those Halloween candies), apple, white grape. All incredibly faint, but nothing awful either. I would've expected more alcohol, but I'm not getting it.

Flavor is thankfully all the things I like about this style and none of the bad. The 9.5% alcohol is kept in check, only providing a slightly boozy warming, not at all a detriment to the other flavors. And those mirror the nose--love the white grape aspect, the apple (red and green) and honey. Birthday cake frosting too. Barely any detectable hops but they're clearly here offsetting the interesting malt elements--otherwise this would probably be too sweet.

Mouthfeel has a syrupy edge, although the carbonation and thinner character of a lager are here.

Gotta give it to this one, the flavor is completely enjoyable. I've always liked this idea of this style but never found a decent representative until now. It may not look the business, and the smell is dull, but it performs where it matters most. Euro Strong Lagers could be the next thing for U.S. brewers to mess with--I'd love to see it. The strange name and weirdly sexy/disturbing label probably don't do it justice. I'd buy it again, as $2.99 a bottle seems fair.

Metalmonk, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Magpie14
2.8/5  rDev -2.8%

here goes nothing...

A: just about a perfect golden color, darn close. Slightly hazy in the glass with tangerine colors in cohorts with the gold. Absolutely no cap or foam, just a few fat bubbles around the rim of the glass. I know the alcohol plays part in diminishing the head/lace but this is bonkers! Nothing at all!

S: surprisingly sweet and tart notes in the nose of apples, lemons and what reminds me of orange soda with floral notes. Pale malts are hidden among the sweets

T: this is by far not as bad as I was thinking after my initial whiffs. Malt and grain profile is kicked up a few notes but still is hidden by the sugary tartness of sour apples and oranges paired with floral and earthy notes. After a few sips the hops push more at bitterness and do tame the sweetness a bit.
Also, the alcohol is masked in the nose as well as on the tongue, however it does make a showing with half my glass gone

M: goes down without difficulty and has a tame feel, body is mild

D: i have become unhinged by this beer and its flavors and bizarre presentation/aesthetics. This beer has a type of stalwartness with a large dose intractably for the drinker

Magpie14, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of pmcadamis
1.58/5  rDev -45.1%

A - This odd artwork on the bottle caught my eye. A lobster on a girl's back? Girl with the lobster tattoo? Pours clear and dark yellow with a small white head and virtually no lace.

S - Pungent turpentine and isopropenol (the stuff your doc used to swab your arm before a shot) over a sickly sweet malt base.

T - I don't know what they are going for here with the lobster thing, but all I taste is potent malt liquor-esque brew. There is a salty sweetness that could sort of be a lobster flavor.... I've probably only had lobster twice in my life.

M - Sugary and dense in a dextriny way, but not really full bodied. Finishes chemically and boozy.

Pass.

pmcadamis, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of ElGordo
2.73/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Body is a bright golden color, topped by a half-inch head that quickly recedes to a very thin layer. Aroma of sweet adjunct malt, treacle, and a hint of tropical fruit.
Palate is sweet with fruity, adjunct malt, and a very slight hoppy bitterness. Finish leaves a lingering sweetness, with a touch of warmth. A mild chalky character is not particularly pleasant. While the alcohol is well-integrated, this is not exactly a beer I'd like to try again. Try again, Lithuania.

ElGordo, Aug 21, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

cliff1066, Dec 28, 2012
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2/5  rDev -30.6%

the1stfo, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
2.28/5  rDev -20.8%

Served from bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip. Poured a golden yellow with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, corn, floral, grain, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, corn, fruit, alcohol, grain, and floral. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty below average brew. I bought this to amuse beeruser and funkydelic at GBX as they laughed when they suggest that I tick it. Phew! I now know why... The manager at Trappe Door described it as 'hot trash'. Not only does this thing not appeal to the palate, it does not do so for the eye either. I didn't know what to expect going into this one and there was honestly no way I could have prepared myself short of pounding a few 40's prior to this one. Just so harsh in flavors like nails on the chalkboard. Yeah guys, you got me good. Based on this one Lithuania should stick to whatever they are good at and leave beer alone in my opinion...

thagr81us, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of bum732
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a clear yellow, decent head that dissipates quickly. Smells of grassiness with some floral notes, corn like sweetness. Tastes of sweet syrupy like malt with just a touch of bitterness. Alcohol fairly overwhelms this beer finishing fairly sweet and corny.

A pretty bad beer, doesn't bring much to the table besides corn like sweetness. Just a touch of grassiness saves this from being truly terrible, but just barely. Alcohol is pretty strong as well

bum732, Dec 27, 2009
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2/5  rDev -30.6%

GRG1313, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Windigstadt
2.9/5  rDev +0.7%

A- Pours a slightly hazy honey color with an average white head which quickly dissipates.
S- Sweet aroma similar to a Helles Bock; honey-like with hints of brown sugar and cotton candy; just a slight herbal hop note.
T- Initial flavor is sweet malt, like the aroma suggested. Unfortunately, the flavor goes downhill from there. An astringent bitterness kicks in along with a distinct alcohol burn, with both sensations lingering in the dry finish.
M- Thin; this is one of the big problems with this beer. For the amount of alcohol and bitterness hops, you need a heavy, malty beer to hold up, and this beer just doesn't have it.
D- Without sufficient body, the drinkability (even by 9.5% ABV standards) takes a hit.

Overall: This beer comes off as a thin-bodied Maibock. Ultimately, this beer shows what happens when you brew a Maibock without a nice, malty backbone, and in the process shows why a nice, malty backbone is essential to a Maibock. Still, it's not a horrible beer and is worth it for the bottle alone.

Windigstadt, Apr 06, 2008
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2.42/5  rDev -16%

pours semi hazy golden orange with a 1 finger head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells of sweet fruity malt and nail polish remover

taste is way too sweet and boozy and there is also some funky metal flavors

mouthfeel is nice - medium body good carbonation that gives it a smooth creamy finish

drinkability - another drain pour for the night i wouldnt buy this beer again even if i was wanting to catch a cheap buzz

jsh420, Sep 19, 2010
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2/5  rDev -30.6%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev +4.2%

LJWalker, Feb 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +21.5%

foxyaardvark27, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of peabody
2.68/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours out a wheat clear color with one finger of white suds and little to no lacing.
Not a lot of aroma here. Very faint malt and hops here and very little else.
Taste is bland at best. Some caramel and hops and that is it.
This is not very good for a 9.5% but you can 't tell that there is that much alcohol in this stuff.

peabody, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev +21.5%

Lobster Lovers Beer has a thick, foamy, yellowish-white head, lots of thick lacing, an enormous amount of bubbles, and a hazy, orange-gold appearance. The aroma is very strong and bracing- one gets super-sweet, alcohilic barley malt and candi sugar. Taste is of sickly-sweet barley malt, melted hard candy, alcohol, barley malt, and bread. Mouthfeel is heavy, and Lobster Lovers Beer finishes sweet, harsh, and minimally drinkable. But, even with all the harshness and the jarring experience, it is a good one, and I score it excellent.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Oct 08, 2013
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Lobster Lovers Beer from Rinkuškiai Alaus Darykloje
68 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.